Knox County, Kentucky

county in Kentucky, United States

Knox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2020 census, the population was 30,193.[1] Its county seat is Barbourville.[2]

Knox County
Knox County courthouse in Barbourville
Knox County courthouse in Barbourville
Map of Kentucky highlighting Knox County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°53′26″N 83°51′15″W / 36.89067°N 83.85404°W / 36.89067; -83.85404
Country United States
State Kentucky
FoundedDecember 19, 1799
Named forHenry Knox
Largest cityBarbourville
 • Total388 sq mi (1,000 km2)
 • Land386 sq mi (1,000 km2)
 • Water1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.4%
 • Total30,193
 • Density78/sq mi (30/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district5th


  1. "QuickFacts: Knox County, Kentucky". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.